However, 2013 just wasn't our year... We had a terrible summer, so hot and dry, broke many records etc etc. It caused our goats to dry themselves off. That in itself wasn't the end of the world as such, as we could have done more to prevent it, but you get comfortable in your situation, and you just assume its all going to keep on going as it was. Hmmm.... So we contemplated our farm goals, what we wanted to do and we decided that we would buy a Jersey cow close to calving so we would be without milk for only a little while.... I have posted pictures of Buttercup the cow and I was looking forward to posting photos of her little calf, but it seems we were cheated and our cow wasn't in calf. Which was very disappointing, not to mention a costly mistake.
So we decided we still had time to get the goats in-kid, but due to two diseases CAE and JD we needed bloodtests and the breeding season was nearly over by then, so I bought a buck, Chip. He is lovely and I'm happy with him.
|Chip - he is 3/4 Toggenburg (from really good bloodlines).|
|Dorka the day we brought her home 4 years ago. She wasn't friendly when we got her, but she settled into her routine (a little too much you could say) and we know she had a good life here.|
I will also apologize for not updating this blog as much as I should. Looking after a farm and a family is a pretty time consuming thing, and combined with our painfully slow internet connection (hence I haven't been posting many photos), it just doesn't seem to happen as much as I'd like to. I like to think that I may do better this year, but who knows!!!
So best of luck for 2014, hope that whatever life throws at you, you can still make the most of it all and remain positive and keep trying for the future. That's all we can do really.